Sister Sandy has been part of Crossroads since its beginning in 1990, serving first as sole director of the program, which aligns with her passion for social justice teachings and her congregation’s mission of union and reconciliation.
“My life has been immeasurably blessed as I have journeyed with children and families who find themselves marginalized and striving to overcome the effects of generational poverty,” she says.
She previously taught for the Diocese of Pittsburgh in inner-city schools including St. Richard, St. Benedict the Moor and Holy Rosary, where she also was a co-principal. In 1985, she served as missionary in Brazil, and later as Director of Vocations and Affiliates for the congregation. For more than 20 years, she has co-directed a foster care program for 85 children.
“Whether it has been within Pittsburgh Catholic schools, in the Amazon of Brazil or daily life as a foster parent, I found out what it has meant to be teacher, mentor, friend and ‘mother’.”
Described as steadfast, trustworthy and inquisitive, Sister Sandy enjoys gardening, nature and technology.